Animators get paid a range of salaries, from $50 per foot of film to $1,500 per week. Calculate an animator's salary, whether working for a feature film or a small-time television show, with helpful information from a writer, director and animator in this free video on cartoon animation.
As with everything, the pay scale in animation varies to...from the studio to your ability. The animation union governs the minimums which you...which people are paid. And the feature animation rates, right now, range between 1,000 to 1,500 dollars a week, and that's really good right now. A few years ago, it was a lot higher, and it tends to come and go with the...how well the films are doing. Obviously, it's a...it...computer animation or animation in general's better than minimum wage, but depending on...right out of school at a commercial house, you might be able to make, you know, between six, 700 dollars a week. Freelance animation often used to pay by the foot, and that means a foot of film, which was 16 frames. And if you were doing feature animation, you were expected to do between seven and ten feet of film a week, and that would be, you know, roughly about 50 dollars a foot you'd be getting paid. Television animation, though, which was...which was much more limited -- something you'd see, like, you know, anywhere between Scooby Doo and The Simpsons -- animators were expected to do, you know, 60 to 70 feet a week and were paid a lot less per foot.